Meet the Peer Support Team!
Dr. Iram Yunus
Dr. Kyle Hunt
My residency training was at McMaster where there was a strong culture of peer support. Without it, I likely would not have survived the long and grueling hours while dealing with all that life has to throw at you. Although early in my career, I have seen some of the unique challenges we deal with as surgeons and know that it can be isolating and tough to reach out for help. It is because of this that I am driven to be a peer supporter for our surgical group and anyone who wants to chat. I hope to complete my peer supporter training within the next year.
I also feel incredibly fortunate to be working at a site where people are already so collegial and supportive of each other. This is what makes Burnaby special, and like most good things in life, it requires effort to maintain.
Dr. Joanne Rowell-Wong
Dr. Jack Jay
I’ve been a peer supporter since 2022. Please feel free to contact me if you want to talk.
My hobbies include running, cycling, pickleball and grouse grind. Fun fact: I’m a 12 time marathon finisher.
Dr. Cristian Vadeanu
Fun facts about me- having grown up in the Lower Mainland, I’m in love with anything outdoors- hiking, climbing, mountain biking and spending the winters on the ski hill. During rainy days, I love to spend time with my partner in crime (newly weds!) and our cat Luna. I can play some awesome licks on a guitar and can stir up some pretty mean cocktails (am formerly a flair bartender). Very much looking forward to connecting with all of you in Burnaby!
Dr. Anna O’Malley
Whether informal or formal, I am a believer in the peer support. I have personally benefited from peer support and I think the culture that encourages doctors to be infallible is ready for change. I would like to be part of a shift that allows us to show vulnerability to rise above challenges and setbacks, building resilience with the support of the ones who can best understand us and relate, our colleagues and fellow physicians.
I have an interest in supporting locum physicians, physicians dealing with adverse events or medical errors and physician health – specifically, when physicians themselves become patients.
About me, I love adventure and time in nature – snowy days in the mountains ski touring and windy days on the water kitesurfing. I look forward to connecting with you!
Dr. David Deng
Dr. Paul Johar
Dr. Bal Khosa
Dr. Clement Fung
As the former BHMSA Communications Chairperson and former BHMSA Wellness Chairperson, I have organized and participated in peer support training from Dr. Elizabeth Froese and Dr. Anne McNamara, as well as Dr. Connie Ruffo and Geoff Ayi-Bonte.
I have had the privilege of providing (and receiving) peer support at Burnaby Hospital over the past years, and I am happy to continue connecting with my awesome and talented colleagues here!
Dr. Pol Morton
More importantly I have been married (to the same long-suffering lady) for 37 years. We have four children ranging in age from 34 to 27.
My undergraduate and postgraduate training was based on the work-first life-second principle but I am recovering. I think the Peer Support Program is wonderful and much needed. I am impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of its members. I hope that my personal work experience of recurrent burnout gives me some insights that might help me to help others.
Dr. Ada Lo
I have been a peer supporter since Oct 2022 and I have really enjoyed being able to support my peers by listening and offering emotional support. Fun fact about me is I am born in Macau which used to be Portuguese colony so some may even say I am European as well as Asian!
Dr. Christopher Wu
He practices general adult and pediatric urology in the Fraser Health Authority. He is based out of Burnaby Hospital but also works at the Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody as well as the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His areas of interest include Male Infertility, Andrology, as well as Minimally Invasive urologic procedures.